Citing a league source, Pro Football Talk has announced the Green Bay Packers have signed tight end Jermichael Finley to a two-year contract worth just under $15M. Specific terms were not immediately available. Finley, a third round pick in the 2008 NFL draft, looked poised to take his place among the elite tight ends in the league after a break out season in 2009, but suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 5 of the 2010 season. In his four seasons with the Packers, Finley has amassed 137 receptions, 1,818 yards, and 15 touchdowns. In the 2009 playoffs, Finley posted a 159-yard performance, the second highest yardage total by a tight end in post season history. Finley’s signing removes one of the top free agent targets at the top tight end position from a very limited free agency class.
The Finley signing could also impact the quarterback market, as now the Packers could weigh the options and value of franchising one of the top targets at that position in Matt Flynn.
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